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Officer Plucks Pup From Calif. Freeway
Lucky Chihuahua is saved after being abandoned on the highway

A highway during rush hour is the last place any of us wants to be. But on Friday, that's exactly where a tiny Chihuahua found herself abandoned--on a I-680 freeway divider outside of San Francisco during commuting time. Fortunately, California Highway Patrol officer, Alex Edmon, spotted the terrified pup and coaxed her to safety using a protein bar. Freeway, as Alex named her, was still shaking when she got to the animal shelter, but has since come out of her shell.

The Highway Patrol shared a photo of her rescue and tweeted, "This little dog needed some help off I-680 freeway today. We're glad she's safe. We're big on saving lives."

They're now investigating how Freeway got in her position since she couldn't have gotten there by herself. California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer John Fransen says unfortunately it's not uncommon for unwanted animals to be discarded on highway dividers.  

As tales of Freeway's rescue made the internet rounds, Contra Costa Animal Services has already received several offers to adopt the Chihuahua. Even better, interest in adopting other animals at the same shelter has also spiked as a result of people sharing Freeway's photo. A win-win for all involved!

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Photo by the California Highway Patrol.

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